By Benjamin Bieker
Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva
This is the fight that everyone wants to see between two great fighters that should not be anywhere near a title shot. At the end of the day, these are two dogs who have been barking at each other for a long time, and like Sonnen says it needs to happen or go away forever.
Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson
Both Henderson and Rua have suffered two losses in a row, but both were involved in their fight of the year. It would be an easy sell for any PPV co-main event, or could possibly do record number for a Fox affiliated event. At this point, both are far away from a title shot and this could keep one of them relevant.
Travis Browne vs. Stipe Miocic
Browne is close to a title shot, but Werdum is ahead of him in line. He needs to have a fight in the medium, but no other fighter is near the top. Miocic took on Roy Nelson and battered him for three rounds. Why not have these two face off for to see who is next in line after Fabricio Werdum?
Alistair Overeem vs. Roy Nelson
WIn or lose for Roy Nelson against Daniel Cormier this should be his next fight. The match would be hilarious just because of the difference in shape and size alone. Both have knockout power, but Nelson always has his ground game to rely on. It is a nice fight for fans to watch.
Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald
This is the only fight that makes sense in the division. Both fighters professed to want a little time off, and after they come back hopefully the title situation will have been figured out. Whether it be Wineland, Barao, or Cruz that holds the end of the road the winner of a match between McDonald and Faber will make a good number one contender.
Matt Brown vs. Winner of Martin Kampmann vs. Carlos Condit
Brown only took about thirty seconds to walk away with his sixth straight win, and while Kampmann and Condit have had some hard losses recently they are still at the top of the welterweight division. Brown may not be ready for a title shot, but he is in need of a top ten opponent.
Mike Pyle vs. Thiago Alves
Pyle was beaten and beaten bad. Alves was the original opponent of Brown, but that fight does not make sense anymore. Match up these two veteran fighters face off to see who can stay relevant at 170.
John Howard vs. Ed Herman
The Howard and Hall fight did not look great, but you at least have the excuse of howard taking the fight on short notice. Regardless of how it happened it was still a big win for the Boston native. Herman and Howard are two fighters that like to fight no matter where the bout goes, and that is why a match between them will produce fireworks.
Michael Johnson vs. Edson Barboza
Johnson came away with the biggest win of his career in a fight he took on short notice. Barboza has been beating people, but it has not been against anyone worth of note. These two can face up to see who is the best up and coming lightweight in the division since both have failed before and now need to prove their worth of fighting someone in the top ten.
Joe Lauzon vs. Evan Dunham
Both are great lightweight fighters who have failed in fights or been on the end of a bad decision. The fight between Dunham and Lauzon will be entertaining so make it happen.
Brad Pickett vs. Ian McCall
Pickett looked too small to be at 135, and he has eve stated that he could make 125 before. This should be an easy decision since he has a win over the current champion, and the division is so small that he can get to a title shot in just one or two wins. McCall is a good fighter and has a style to match Pickett, and that would be a nice fight for Pickett in his introduction to the flyweight division.
Conor McGregor vs. Winner of Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier
McGregor has a lot of hype and even though he did not get the finish he still dominated this fight. Poirier and Koch are sitting right on or outside the top ten of the division, but have suffered losses recently in their careers. The winner of their fight would be a great test for the hyped Irishman in his next bout in his next bout.
What are your thoughts?